Whether or not you believe in “luck” in some cosmic sense, there are some down-to-earth strategies that will increase your win percentage. The best way to decide on that elusive winning number is to get better at making decisions in the first place.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Life is easy if you make the correct one; it’s harder and usually more costly when you do not. The better you are at making decisions, the higher your chances of avoiding second-guessing yourself. If left to run wild, your own thoughts can be your own worst enemy.
Luckily a collection of recent scientific studies have concluded that the amino acid tryptophan may play a key role in the way in which the human mind makes decisions—in particular, decisions involving risks and rewards. In other words, the type of decisions that typically define gambling.
The only thing worse than losing, is losing while almost winning. The devil is in the details, and by improving an individual’s capacity to spot subtleties in patterns and numbers, a gambler can elevate his performance to angelic heights of clairvoyance.
Five Foods that Will Increase Your Luck
Tryptophan is found in abundance in many different protein-based foods. The following options have noteworthy levels of this ‘gambler’s nutrient’ that will have you making decisions with confidence:
- Dairy products
- Game meat, elk
- Soy protein
- Egg whites
- Fish, and crustaceans
With regards to the foods mentioned, there is a secret to supercharge the benefits above and beyond simply working them into your diet: when ingested with carbohydrates, the benefits of tryptophan are increased substantially. Carbohydrates cause the pancreas to release insulin into the bloodstream which clears away all the amino acids that would otherwise compete with tryptophan. At that point, your body is fully primed and ready to make decisions.
Here are a few easy changes to get the best results with your meals:
- Having a glass of milk? Try a cheese sandwich instead.
- Boiling up a couple of eggs? Try egg-fried rice instead.
- Craving a chicken Caesar? Try chicken salad on whole wheat bread.
“My Lucky Meal”
As the old adage says, “luck favours the prepared mind.” Figure what works best for you by experimenting with your diet, and find which special meal seems to put you in the right mindset where you can assess the risks and rewards before quickly and effectively.